TGA approves booster shot for 12 to 15-year-olds

The Therapeutic Goods Administration has provisionally approved the use of the Pfizer vaccine as a booster shot for 12 to 15-year-olds.

Pfizer was provisionally approved to be administered as a booster for people 18 and over on 26 October, and for 16 and 17-year-olds on 27 January.

The TGA has advised a booster dose can be administered at least six months after completion of two doses in the age group.

The TGA says:

Regulatory approval of the booster dose for this age group has also been granted in Israel, the United Kingdom and the United States. The TGA continues to work very closely with international regulators to align regulatory approaches, share information and, where it speeds up evaluation, collaboratively review Covid-19 vaccines and treatments .

The Australian Public Assessment Report for this decision will be published in the coming days. The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) will provide advice shortly on whether this vaccine should be included in the Covid-19 vaccine program as the final step in the two green light approval process.

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